Great pack to keep your dog as part of the team. Well…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $25
Great pack to keep your dog as part of the team. Well made with reasonable storage space that is compatible with your dog's size. Can be used for hiking or just outings with the family.
- Inexpensive to keep dog excited
- Great capacity
- Well made
- Need one add'l midsection buckle
Recently purchased a medium, forest-colored pack for our dog; same as the picture for this product. He is a 50lb Pit Bull. He's only a year old and very rambunctious and doesn't mind being submissive or rolling over. THIS is great for him and has worked really well. My wife is a dog trainer and this has been a breeze to get our dog, Shane, to like.
It is well made, similar material to a high school back pack. Not waterproof but it is water resistant. The buckles and zippers appear well made and can stand a beating. Or 50lb takes a medium, just to give you a range to use, he's maybe 28-30" girth too. He has had it on while we throw the ball for him. It doesn't slide off. He also took a tumble or two when he put the "brakes" on and still it was fine.
It is made of three parts: two side saddles and one part that lays on the back (top). The saddles can be adjusted to account for the girth of your dog, either higher up or lower down. This helps when purchasing. I imagine that most dogs who will be using this on the trail will use a medium or lower. For Shane we have our saddles drawn all the way up. Considering that, I think a dog of 70lb could also use a medium with the saddles drawn further down.
My only wish is that it had perhaps one more buckle around the midsection. Currently there is one around the chest and one around the midsection. For those dogs with more of a barrel chest, one buckle could be okay. But our dog is relatively lean and he has that curve to his ribs. One more lower would be great.
Other than that, I'd highly recommend this. I haven't tried other to compare, but I don't see me buying another brand, this seems like it'll last some time.
Another tip, my wife has read from several sources that pressure around a dog's torso during times of timidity, such as a thunderstorm, can calm the dog (you may have seen commercials for pressure vests). I think this will work well too!